Purple Milkweed

Asclepias purpurascens

Regular price $16.00

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

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Purple milkweed has handsome leaves that provide food for monarch caterpillars and its dark purple flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

  • Easy to grow
  • Durable
  • Monarch host plant


  • 2 to 3 ft. tall
  • Can form colonies 4 to 6 ft. wide
  • Plants can be late to emerge from dormancy in the spring
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5, 6, 7, and 8

Flowering period

In central North Carolina, blooming starts mid to late May and lasts two to three weeks.

How to grow

Sun to part shade. Purple milkweed prefers moist soil, but is surprisingly adaptable and can tolerate periodic drought and flooding.

Care and maintenance

Easy and carefree. Watering plants during extended dry spells will prevent plants from going dormant early.

Where to plant

In flower beds, meadows, butterfly gardens, and rain gardens.

When to Plant

Anytime through the growing season.


When planting in a group, space plants 2 to 4 ft. apart.

When will my plant flower?

Plants will likely flower the following year after planting.

Native habitat and range

Grows at the edges of swamp forests from New Hampshire south into North Carolina, where it’s rare.

Source and origin

Plant are grown from seed collected off plants at the nursery. Original source came from seeds collected from a population growing on the edge of bottomland forest in Pender County, North Carolina.

 State Cost per order
AL, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $12.00
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI MO, MS, NH, RI, VT and WI $14.00
CO, IA, KS, ME, MN, NE, ND, OK, SD, and TX $16.00


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA, due to agriculture restrictions.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions of the containers are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep or 32 fl. oz.

How long will it take to get my order?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. When you select the "ship now" option, your order will be shipped within one week.

Can I get my plants shipped at a later date?

Yes, in the shopping cart select the week you would like your order to be shipped on.

What shipping carriers do you use?

USPS Priority Mail and UPS Ground for larger orders.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.

On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.

If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.


Unfortunately, due to the perishable nature of plants, they can’t be returned for a refund. If your plants arrive damaged or you are unhappy with them, please let us know straight away.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.